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|Date of Birth||1880|
|Age at Death||73 years|
|Additional Names||Eva Grace Cornish|
|Transcription||In Loving Memory of Eva Grace beloved wife of Bert & Ron. Called home. Died: 3 November 1951. Also Bertram. Passed away. Died: 6 July 1953: Age: 73 years.|
|Burial Date||06 July 1953|
Bertram Hugo Cornish was born in 1879 in Hamilton, Victoria.
Bert's parents were Edward Cornish and Charlotte Cornish (nee Jones). One of his many siblings was his older brother Albert Cornish (born 1870) who was a manager of the Armadale Brickworks and a member of the Armadale-Kelmscott Road Board. Bert's father Edward was a brickmaker. After his death, Mrs Charlotte Cornish moved the family to Armadale, where three of her sons quickly became employed at Brickworks.
With Bert having a brother named Albert living in the same district (who in turn had a son named Albert), some newspaper articles mis-report who is who, making clarification and research difficult. It is believed that Bertram Hugo Cornish may have also had a son named Bert Cornish Jr, complicating matters further.
Bert married Eva Grace in 1906.
Life in the Armadale district
Prior to WW1, Bertram worked at the Armadale Brickworks as a 'burner' of the Hoffman kiln, alongside his brother Walter Cornish (born 1868). The pair worked for their brother Albert Cornish, the Manager of the brickworks. Later, Bert was a Brickworks Manager in his own right at Byford, and later at Millars Timber and Trading Company's Cardup Brickworks.
Socially, Bert was President of the Westfield Progress Association, prior to moving to Cardup. He was a popular MC at local events, including dances for the Armadale P&C Association.